Pakistan’s forex reserves boost after ADB loan

The US Dollar on Wednesday continued its surge against the rupee on Wednesday. — AFP/File

KARACHI: Pakistan’s forex reserves shot up by nearly $1,500 million after the cash-strapped nation received funds from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a statement from the central bank said Thursday.

In a handout, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said that during the week ending on October 28, its reserves increased by $1,473 million or $19.8 to $8,912.9 million — as compared to $7,439.9 million on October 21.

Overall liquid foreign currency reserves held by the country, including net reserves held by banks other than the SBP, stood at $14,678.9 million.

Net reserves held by banks amounted to $5,766 million. The central bank cited the receipt of $1,500 million from the ADB.

With the current foreign exchange reserves position, Pakistan has an import cover of fewer than 1.29 months. The reserves’ position is critical for Pakistan which has been desperately seeking dollar inflows to meet its balance-of-payments needs.

A critical level of reserves has caused severe pressure on the Pakistani rupee with the local unit depreciating constantly. Pakistan’s economy faces serious challenges due to decreasing foreign exchange reserves and political instability.

Foreign exchange reserves were decreasing on weekly basis earlier due to an increase in imports and had fallen below $8 billion, which was an alarming situation. However, funds from multi-lateral partners will improve the position. 

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